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No Excuses: Preventing Homelessness for the Next Generation

This policy paper examines the causes of homelessness and the long-term impact on young adults.NEW DATA REVEALS THAT OVER 14,000 16 AND 17 YEAR OLDS WHO FACED HOMELESSNESS APPROACHED 161 COUNCILS ACROSS ENGLAND FOR HELP IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR.

Analysis of Freedom of Information (FOI) responses from 216 councils – not all of which could provide data – suggests that all too many homeless teenagers are not having their needs properly assessed and are being housed in unsuitable accommodation such as Bed and Breakfasts.

In No Excuses, we build on previous research to examine the causes of homelessness and the long-term impact on young adults. It explores whether homeless 16 and 17 year olds are being effectively safeguarded and helped by local authorities and suggests solutions to prevent both short-term risks and longterm damage to vulnerable young people.